Some painted SS troopers and the birthday haul

30 Nov

Now that the big Möckern Project is over, I want to turn my attention a bit towards my WWII minis again (although not completely). As outlined in another post, I want to paint my WWII Brits and a good amount of my SS for this years Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge. To get back into the mood I decided to paint some SS this week. And here are the results.

Some years ago I went and looked at all the different patterns used for camouflage uniforms by the SS and painted at least one sample each, both spring and autumn versions. I found that there were two I liked the most and those were Eichenlaub (the spring version) and Erbsenmuster. So while my forces will still have some odd other camo mixed in, the majority of the troops will now wear these two types of camo. And this also suits my needs quiet well, since most of the action these minis will see will be rather late war, when these types were already in use.

Up first are the troopers in Eichenlaub. All the minis are from Victory Force (as are the minis in Erbsenmuster), which are still my favorite minis when it comes to WWII Germans for the love for historical accuracy and detail. I only found that the faces were quiet different in style from the ones I have painted over the past 1 ½ years and that these were giving me some pain. Painting these was straight forward. Feldgraue trousers, jackets in a lighter Feldgrau to represent lighter fabrics for the jackets (you can only see the collars of course), Eichenlaub smocks and in one case helmet cover (mini on the far left). Otherwise it is just the utensils carried by the men and the camouflage painted helmets and they were done.

SS Eichenlaub (front)

SS Eichenlaub (front)

SS Eichenlaub (back)

SS Eichenlaub (back)

Now with the Erbsenmuster I went a bit further. Now the Erbsenmuster was no used for smocks, but for trousers and 1943 and 1944 type jackets. So I went and used Heer type minis for them and painted them accordingly. While the shades are virtually identical regardless of factory and age for Eichenlaub, there are huge differences in shades with Erbsenmuster. I guess this is due to the lower quality of dyes during the late war period. So I went and mixed and matched a bit here. Bold and bleak patterns in this group and even on one mini as well as a regular Feldgrau jacket mixed with camo trousers. I really love what you can do with these.

SS Erbsenmuster (front)

SS Erbsenmuster (front)

SS Erbsenmuster (back)

SS Erbsenmuster (back)

What else. Well this week saw my birthday (36th if anyone is asking). So what did I get? Well my better half was kind enough to grace me with a few vehicles from Warlord Games. Three Daimler MK I scout cars (one will be converted) and a Unic Halftrack with 3,7cm PaK (this will joined the three regular and one command variants still in my painting queue). Great stuff, which should allow me to round out my armored forces in due time. From my parents I got the Rousellot book on French Napoleonic uniforms. Leafing through it, this is one of the best and most comprehensive books on the subject I have seen so far and should make a great addition to my collection. Some of the first minis painted for the above mention Painting Challenge will be the Limited Edition minis from Martin K´s Befreiungskriege blog which contain a foot artillery drummer and two train soldiers. Looking at the drawings of those last night, I am sure this book will be extremely handy!


23 responses to “Some painted SS troopers and the birthday haul

  1. Michael Awdry

    November 30, 2013 at 10:38

    Superb camouflage, really well done and of course a belated Happy Birthday!

  2. aslfan

    November 30, 2013 at 10:47

    These really good, and happy belated Birthday too


  3. mikeland82

    November 30, 2013 at 15:12

    Lovely painting. Love the set up for the photos too. Excellent.

    • Burkhard

      November 30, 2013 at 18:15

      That you, Mike!

      I have to admit, that the set-up was not specifically for this game. We started a Napoleonics game last week that we did not finish (next installment will be next Friday) and I just used that as a backdrop! 😉

  4. grantdyck

    November 30, 2013 at 16:49

    Lovely work on those! I’ve never looked at Victory Force but I will now. That Konigstiger is simply a behemoth!!!

  5. grantdyck

    November 30, 2013 at 16:50

    Oh – and happy birthday 🙂

    • Burkhard

      November 30, 2013 at 18:18

      Thank you, Grant!

      Regarding the Victiry Force… Told you they have the best Pioniere as well! 😛 The Königstiger is from Tamiya and it sure is one behemoth. When my financial situation recovers I want to get me a Maus by Blitzkrieg. Hypothetical tanks for WWII usually is not my thing, but who could say no to a Maus!

  6. Dalauppror

    November 30, 2013 at 20:50

    Amazing paint work!!!

  7. Tom Halpin

    November 30, 2013 at 21:07

    Great looking figures, Burkhard, and belated good wishes for your birthday! Have you had a look at the Perrys’ Afrika Korps yet? If yes, what do you think of them? I am pondering Afika Korps, early WWII Wehrmacht or Japanese for squad to platoon level WWII games but I haven’t seen any of the various manufacturers’ offerings up close and unpainted.

    • Burkhard

      November 30, 2013 at 23:29

      THX on both accounts, Tom.

      I have not seen the Perrys in flesh yet. I suspect, that they will be somewhat smaller/slimmer than the usual WWII mini unless the twins sculpted these bigger than their other lines. But I have to admit that North Africa never did too much for me.
      Same goes for the Pacific. The Warlord Japanese look good though, not as cartoonish as the other Warlord minis.

  8. Monty

    December 1, 2013 at 06:19

    Great camo, on the Konigstiger and the troops! And for your birthday, don’t forget to break out the scotch!

    • Burkhard

      December 2, 2013 at 10:22

      Thank you Monty!

      We actually had a good glass on the day. 😉

  9. Simon

    December 3, 2013 at 10:58

    Splendid camouflage! Simon

  10. Dean

    December 4, 2013 at 21:54

    Nice seeing your WW2 camo work again, Burkhard. As you know, I too prefer VFM over all other WW2 makes. Love the photos too – a King Tiger backdrop is hard to beat! Regards, Dean

    • Burkhard

      December 5, 2013 at 00:47

      THX Dean!

      Painting these, always brings back the old memories on the VFM yahoo group with the old gang. And what is there not to like about a Königstiger… Well as long as you are not on the Allied side of the table! 😉

      • Dean

        December 5, 2013 at 03:32

        Yes, I agree about reminiscing about the VFM group of old. It holds especially fond memories as I had just started wargaming proper (after a little WAB). That old site of James’ was so cool for inspiring images, and a nicer group would be hard to find. Even though I never had the honor of meeting any of the gang in person, they were always helpful and courteous. Regards, Dean

        • Burkhard

          December 6, 2013 at 09:41

          It is funny, it was much the same for me. My first historical setting was ACW, followed by WWII. And due to that nice group of people, it holds a much greater affection for me as well.
          I had the honour of meeting Jim K and Mike L at Historicon in 2005 and they were just as great in real life!

  11. Curt

    December 6, 2013 at 18:57

    First, Happy Birthday Burkhard! I hope you had a great day of it. These are superb photos of your excellent work – bravo! I look forward to seeing your new vehicle additions once they are completed.

    • Burkhard

      December 7, 2013 at 11:33

      Thanks Curt. Although it will be mostly British tanks so there will be a lot of green.


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